Guam calls for revived plans to construct missile defense facility
Delegate Madeleine Bordallo made the recommendation in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test last month. North Korea made a statement last week mentioning Andersen Air Force Base on Guam and U.S. military installations in Japan as potential targets of a missile attack, Guampdn.com reports.
"I hope U.S. lawmakers will realize that unnecessary delays in the Guam and broader Asia-Pacific realignments make our allies question our commitment to the region," Bordallo said, according to Guampdn.com. "Although certain ground-based missile defense capabilities were a part of the initial Environmental Impact Statement that reflected a greater presence of Marines, I remain supportive of this requirement on Guam."
In 2010, the Defense Department delayed plans to build a $242 million ballistic missile defense facility on Guam. The plan to build approximately 24 truck-mounted missile interceptors was deferred along with the decision to pick a Marine live-fire training site and the location for a port for recurring Guam aircraft carrier visits, Guampdn.com reports.
"These recent acts of aggression make it clear we will need to press the Department of Defense for answers on their plans for implementing this portion of the EIS," Bordallo said, according to Guampdn.com.